Thoughts on Perfectionism

That’s right, I am a perfectionist.  A die-hard perfectionist, to the point that it can actually interfere with my life!  I came across something today which summarizes how I feel about my struggle with perfectionism:

Don’t fail to do something just because you can’t do everything.

While Bob Pierce (founder of World Vision) was probably talking specifically about solving problems like worldwide hunger and impoverished children, I can’t help but find this incredibly relevant to my daily struggles as well.  This is a reminder that I can do something small, every day, to help my neighbor.  To serve my children.  To serve my husband.  And yes, even to chip away at huge problems like hunger and poverty!

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12-14


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